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Astros top Merrimack
The varisty Astros won their 10th game of the season Oct. 15 with a 3-1 victory over Merrimack.
Josh Johnston worked hard and created two assists. Goals were scored by Tommy Martin, Tim Wood and Devin Moore.
Matt Dunn, Brian Kling and John Hamilton played well.
Ending on a high note
The varsity closed out its regular season Oct. 17 by shutting out Dover and collecting the 11th victory of the season, 5-0.
Tommy Martin and Tim Wood scored 2 goals each and Ryan Williams added a single tally. The Astros didn’t receive a yellow card all year.
The seniors on the team are: Justin Sandberg, Tom Hanna, Alex Horan, Matt Dunn, Tyler Thibodeau, Devin Croteau, Chris Horan, Austin Smith, Ryan Williams, and captains Brian Kling and Dustin Beamon.
Double OT ends in tie
The JV Astros played Merrimack through double overtime and settled for a 2-2 tie.
Pinkerton got off to an early lead seven minutes in with a pass from Zach Bell to Kayake Alves for a 1-0 lead. In the second half, Merrimack packed in its defense to try to preserve the lead after scoring twice.
The Astros never gave up and, with less than two minutes left, Jake Konstant scored the equalizer. Overtime was dominated by the Astros, but they could never find the back of the net.
Astros, Dover tie
On Oct. 17, the JV Astros tied with Dover, 1-1.
Pinkerton’s Sean Donohue scored after receiving a pass from Zack Bell 7 minutes in. The Astros were unable to find the back of the net again, even though they out-shot Dover, 25-6.
Zach Bell, Cody Anshewitz, Jake Konstant and Kyle Hicks all played well.
Pinkerton defeats Central
The freshmen boys soccer team was able to pull out a 2-1 victory over a tough Central team.
Central went ahead on a penalty kick that keeper Hayden Pavao stopped, but the Central player was able to convert his rebound.
Ben Curry responded quickly by striking a hard low shot past the Central keeper. Noah Davis supplied the great pass to Curry. The second half was all Pinkerton and Curry struck again by finishing a nice pass from Andrew Brochu.
Curry hit the cross bar at least three times with Brochu hitting the post as well. The lead could have been much more than what the score showed. Cody Gadsby and Matt O’Hara were both strong on defense and held the Central offense to just two shots in the second half that didn’t trouble keeper Caleb Eaton.
Season ends with a win
The Astros freshman soccer team ended the regular with a 1-0 win of Dover.
Andrew Brochu got the only goal of the game off a great pass from Devon Nordelus. Pinkerton dominated the whole game and the score did not represent this.
Noah Davis and Ben Curry had great chances, but the Dover keeper made numerous great saves. The defense was strong, and Brad Dubisz and Stuart Graves were water-tight.
Astros win tournament
On Oct. 21, the freshman Astros took the championship in post-season play.
The first opponent was Timberlane; Pinkerton won, 3-1. Then, the young Astros beat a strong Concord team, 1-0.
The final game of the first round was against Alvirne and Pinkerton made a statement, winning 4-0.
In the semifinals, the Astros and Hanover played to penalty kicks. Pinkerton’s seventh shooter, Tyler Wilson, scored and advanced the team to the finals against Londonderry.
The Astros dug deep and kept the pressure on the Lancers. Eric Werner made a textbook diving save to keep Pinkerton alive with about 10 minutes left in the game.
With four minutes left, Brett Cherbonneau passed the ball to Alex Ebner, who rifled a shot over the goalie from 25 yards out to win the championship.
Eric Werner and Tom Diskin both had stellar performances on the day, only giving up one goal in 170 minutes of soccer.
On the day, Alex Ebner had 4 goals and 3 assists; Zach Bell had 3 goals; Kyle Hicks had a goal and an assist; Kayake Alves scored a goal; Brett Cherbonneau had 2 assists; Cody Anshewitz had an assist; and Chris Ronan chipped in an assist.
Tough loss for Lady Astros
Despite outshooting Merrimack 30-8 and keeping pressure in the Merrimack end 80 percent of the time, the Lady Astros could not find the back of the net last week and lost 1-0 in double overtime.
Maura Kane, Katy Ann Grochmal and Haley Hicks all played well for Pinkerton.
Pinkerton blanks Dover
The varsity Lady Astros got on the board first and never looked back, topping Dover, 3-0 last week.
The first Pinkerton goal was from Rebecca McGrath, assisted by Haley Hicks. In the second half, Maggie Cohoon, with an assist from Katy Ann Grochmal, and Maura Kane, assisted by Haley Hicks, added goals for the win.
Season ends in tie
The varsity Lady Astros traveled to Nashua South on Friday for their last regular season game.
Gabby Guinto, assisted by Rebecca McGrath, scored in the first half.
Although the Astros carried the play for much of the game, South scored on their one good opportunity in the second half and Pinkerton could not find the back of the net again in regulation or overtime. The game ended in a 1-1 tie.
The JV Lady Astros beat Merrimack, 2-1, Oct. 15.
Pinkerton got off to a slow start, but Eva Murray connected with Marissa Clark, who put one away in the middle of the second half. Merrimack came back with a shot to the upper 90.
But the junior Lady Astros did not give up. With only three minutes left in the game, Mackenzie Anderson delivered a perfect corner kick in and Grace DiPersio headed the ball into the back of the net. Sabrina Thomas led the way in the midfield for the Astros.
Astros blank Dover
The JV lady Astros beat Dover, 4-0, Oct. 17.
DeLeah Barker scored two goals to lead the way for the Lady Astros.
Marissa Clark notched the first goal on a through-ball from Emily Laliberte. The Astros got their 11th shutout in 15 games. Their final record this season was 13-1-1.
Astros get a shutout
The freshman Lady Astros won their game Oct. 16, 3-0.
Jojo Morse, Kelly Murphy and Haleigh Caceres were all goal scorers, all in the second half. Outstanding players were Ashley Gramstorff and Christina Ridenour on defense.
Pinkerton leashes Bulldogs
On Oct. 19, weather ruined plans for the JV State Championships, but Pinkerton’s JV team raced against Bedford at home.
The Astros took the first eight spots and beat the Bulldogs, 15–50.
Owen Clark placed first in a time of 16:54. He was followed by Nick Sevilla (16:59), Getachew Silva (17:12), Ryan Lynch (17:18), Tom Hanlon (17:28), Austin Smith (17:35), Nate Rees (17:51), and Mitch Anzivino (17:51).
Trailblazers finish second
After weather fouled the JV state finals plan, the Pinkerton Trailblazers competed in their own cluster meet against Londonderry and Bedford at home.
The Trailblazers took second with 53 points behind Londonderry with 23. Bedford was third with 57 points.
Leading the way for the Trailblazers was freshman Morgan Sansing, who won the race and ran the fastest time of a Pinkerton runner this season with 19:46.
Taking fifth overall in the race was freshman Vivienne Rouge, with a personal best time of 20:35.
Rounding out the scoring for the Trailblazers were Hannah Pierce, Veronica Sullivan and Kate Sheridan.
Astros take playoff win
On Sunday, the varsity Lady Astros opened the playoffs with a win over Bishop Guertin, 4-0.
The score at halftime was 3-0.
Astro Kaylie DeCosmo scored two goals; Julie Saltamartini and Brooke Dorval each scored once.
Julie Saltamartni had two assists.
Kaylie DeCosmo, Rachael Charewicz and Val Martin played well for the Astros.
Astros never looked back
On Saturday night the Astros traveled to the Capital City to take on Concord.
Pinkerton jumped out to a quick 21-0 lead and did not look back on their way to the 42–21 win.
Manny Latimore, Dave Hansen, Chris St. Onge, Sean Conroy, Sean St. Onge, Matt Madden, Jake Bernaiche, Jake Whorf and Phil Harper all played well for the Astros in the win.
Astros roll along
The Pinkerton JV played a 5-2 Bedford team last week.
Once again, the Astros dominated the first quarter to take a 28-0 lead.
Jason Hanson had a 60-yard run and a 40-yard interception to score.
Jake Hannaway at quarterback had a good first half, throwing and running the ball as well.
The starters again were out of the game with 4 minutes left in the first half. The rest of the JV entered the game and did the job to continue the hard-nose play of the team.
Bedford has been the only team to score 7 points on the Astro defense in seven games this year. This week, the JV team is at home against Concord, whose record also is 7-0.
Astros remain undefeated
The freshman Astro team hosted Concord and upped its record to 7-0 by beating the Crimson Tide, 40-0.
Playing well for the Astros were Branden McColligan, Trevor Smith, Matt Allard, Chris Palmer, Jake Burnham and Matt Mulligan.
Tomahawks stop Astros
Last week, the varsity Lady Astros traveled to Merrimack to play the top-ranked team in the state.
Brenna McNally was all over the floor with 10 kills and five aces. Courtney Collins and Tyla Mahon added 5 blocks apiece and were strong at the net.
Rachel Byrd contributed 15 service points, 5 aces and a strong defensive effort. Jaime Metzger came into game 4 and gave the team a big lift with two big digs and an important service point.
Brittany Peredna added 9 kills and 9 service points as the Astros fell just short against the Tomahawks.
Green Wave tops Pinkerton
The varsity Lady Astros hosted the Dover Green Wave Oct. 17. Brenna McNally had a solid day with 12 kills and 17 digs. Tyla Mahon put up some spectacular blocks, keeping Dover’s dominant attackers in check. Tyla added 5 blocks.
Taylor Ferdinando contributed 13 assists. Brittany Peredna had a strong game at the net, accumulating 8 kills. Michaela Blackwell played well in her debut game. The Astros lost 3–2.
Celebrating seniors in style
Friday night was senior night in the Hackler Gymnasium and the senior Lady Astros came ready to play.
Brenna McNally had another superb game after being recognized as the school leader in kills, digs and aces. She accumulated 25 more digs and 18 kills.
Brittany Peredna had a very strong game defensively, adding 20 digs and 9 kills. Tyla Mahon was huge at the net, putting up 14 kills and 5 blocks.
Jamie Metzger played a strong back row, adding 9 digs. Michaela Polk took charge in the back row, adding 4 digs.
Amanda Stikeman had a strong day setting and added 23 assists as the Astros slid past the Purple Panthers, 3-1.
Junior Lady Astros fall
The JV Lady Astros fell short Oct. 15, 26-24, 15-25, 14-16.
Michaela Blackwell had 8 kills, 3 blocks. Elizabeth Hicks and Fay Harrington made some awesome sets. Hicks had 5 assists and Harrington had 3.
The junior Lady Astros’ attack line did great as well. Mary Anne Tompkins andOlivia Mathieu both had huge blocks on the day and Brittany Capozzi was great as a middle hitter. Erica White had 3 kills and 4 aces.
Pinkerton tops Dover
Last week, JV Lady Astros played particularly well against Dover. They won the match, 2 games to 1. The scores were 21-25, 25-6, 15-10.
Olivia Mathieu had 4 kills and Brittany Capozzi had 5. Khloe O’Brien and Elizabeth Hicks each had 6 assists on the day. Cheyenne Wright had 4 aces for the Astros. The team played great in all aspects of the game.
Nashua South tops Astros
The JV Lady Astros played well in their last match of the regular season, but Nashua South came away with the win, 20-26, 25-12, 13-15.
Elizabeth Hicks had 9 assists on the day. Nicole Langlais had 4 kills as the right side hitter and Brittany Capozzi had 5 kills in the middle.
Khloe O’Brien had 6 key aces, while Cheyenne Wright had 3 aces as well.
The junior Lady Astros ended the regular season with a record of 13-5.
Young Astros fall to Nashua
The freshman volleyball team lost to Nashua South, 2-1, last week.
The Astros played an excellent first game, winning 27-25, but fell short the last two games.
The Astros had an excellent night at the service line. Maggie Gildea, Vicki Walder and Brenna Thibodeau each served 5 aces each.
Evan Duval, Baylie Scheibert and Molly DeCarlo played great defensively. Baylie Scheibert, Carly McDonough and Whitney Leyland set well for the Astros.
Young Astros wrap up season
The freshman Lady Astros ended their season Saturday at Salem High School at the Freshman Volleyball Tournament.
The Astros played well all day against Salem, Merrimack, Portsmouth and Nashua South.
The Astros beat Portsmouth in their final match, a team they lost to in the regular season. They also gave Nashua South a tough match, never giving up, but falling just short of a win.
The game against Nashua South was the best the Astros have played all season. It really showed how much they have improved since August.
Brenna Thibodeau, Tori Lunetta, Maddie Prevost, Miranda Rossignol, Molly DeCarlo and Bianca Herlihy played well at the net.
Evan Duval, Vicki Walder, Maggie Gildea and Baylie Scheibert played excellent defensively.
Whitney Leyland, Carly McDonough, and Baylie Scheibert all set great for the Astros. Molly DeCarlo led the Astros from the service line.